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Re: Dell + Linux

On 22.02.2007 00:26, David Zeuthen wrote:
On Wed, 2007-02-21 at 10:17 -0500, Jesse Keating wrote:
On Wednesday 21 February 2007 10:09, Mike McGrath wrote:
What if we helpped Dell create an OSS gnome and KDE theme and got it
into Extras?
Is Dell willing to let their graphics be released under an OSS license, for anybody to apply them to any non-dell machine? I'm thinking... no. Seriously, we really really really need a second set of trademarks/logos that would be usable by folks like Dell to be able to do 'Fedora' preinstalls with some of their customization. They could call it Dell Linux Based on Fedora or whatever. Just some way for them to legally use the term Fedora and still accomplish the minimal customization that almost any vendor would want (and sometimes need).
First of all we need to make it a lot simpler to rebrand the distro AKA
rip out trademarked Fedora logos; see the thread "Why is redhat-artwork
multi-lib?" on fedora-devel-list about how many packages you have to
modify today. [...]

Well, I agree with this goal in general, but not for this particular goal. If Dell or some other Vendor really wants to ship Fedora with Hardware then we should do our best to make it possible that they can do it under the name "Fedora" -- that has benefits for both sides afaics.

So in other words: I'm fine if $VENDOR would ship Fedora under the Fedora name with some Add-On-Packages with Closed-Source-Software that are is only for branding and support of $VENDOR -- we of course should ACK those package. Shipping stuff (say, packages from 3rd party repos) that really enhance the functionality of Fedora on the other hand is of course is not okay under the name Fedora.


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